What can you say about two adults who take their two toddlers sailing around the world, then suffer a mechanical and medical emergency requiring a U.S. Navy and Coast Guard rescue operation that cost taxpayers at least half a million dollars? On top of that, the couple does not apologize, though the wife apparently said on Facebook that it was one of the stupidest things they had ever done. Well, duh! How about fessin' up and paying up?
This is merely a casual observation, but it looks to me like there's been a noticeable uptick in the number of vehicle thefts and break-ins reported in the daily police logs. Pacifica had a spate of break-ins a few years ago targeting cars parked at our beach lots and at trailheads. This time, the break-ins and thefts appear to be in residential areas. I've just started noticing this "wave" within the past two weeks or so. Be safe out there.
Jenifer Mendler posted the following comment on Riptide to announce the March 29 candlelight vigil for Errol Chang of Pacifica. (Chang was shot and killed last week by police after he stabbed a Daly City SWAT officer who was attempting to subdue Chang after a six-hour standoff at the Chang family home in Pedro Point.):
"This incident is such a tragedy. Errol was a good friend to our family and many close friends. My brother grew up with Errol. ... Hopefully we can bring light to the situation and changes will be made when dealing with people who have mental health issues."
On this perfectly drizzly coastal Tuesday, a gaggle of county park people and media types walked along the new Devil's Slide Trail to see the sights before the trail's official opening March 27.
Reporters interviewed rangers, with the beautiful backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic rock formations (like San Pedro Rock, above) below the formerly treacherous roadway, which now is transformed at a cost of almost $2 million into a 1.3-mile-long pedestrian/equestrian/bicycle path, connecting at both ends to the California Coastal Trail.
The trail opens from 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round. Limited parking is available at either end of the trail. Daily SamTrans #17 buses and weekend-only free Pacifica shuttles offer rides to and from the trail. All buses have bike racks on the front. For schedules and other information, see samtrans.com and cityofpacifica.org.
Viewing sites, benches, restrooms, bike racks, drinking fountains, interpretive signs, and pet stations are in place. Leashed dogs are allowed. For more information, see smcoparks.org.
Rock layers on mountainside (top), cave opening mistakenly believed to be one end of the old Ocean Shore Railroad tunnel (middle), Bunker Hill (bottom)
We just posted a video (below) that I'm really proud of. At today's media day for the new Devil's Slide Trail, we took a camera mounted on a bicycle and coasted from the north end of the trail to the south. As far as I know, this is the first such video of the new trail. The videographer was our 12-year-old daughter Julia Parr. The trail opens to the public on Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.
An unknown person or persons have been calling residents and advising that they are a member of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The caller informs the resident that a warrant for their arrest exists and directs them to purchase a GreenDot card for varying amounts of money if they wish to avoid arrest. The callers involved in the above scam are NOT members of law enforcement. If you receive a similar call and are unsure of its legitimacy, use publicly available resources to locate a contact phone number for the responsible agency and verify the caller's identity and/or their story. If you have suffered a loss due to this type of scam, report it to the law enforcement agency responsible for your area.
Sgt. Matthew Broad San Mateo County Sheriff's Office